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NEWS: Over 133 dead After Dominican Prison Fire

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posted on Mar, 8 2005 @ 01:41 AM
Authorities have now removed over 133 bodies from the remains of a fire which swept through a prison in the town of Higuey. Clashes broke out on Sunday night between two rival gangs in the prison over the sale of contraband cigarettes along with drugs and was contained before breaking out once again with inmates rioting and setting fire to their bedding just after midnight.
Firefighters were unable to bring the fire under control and had to call for reinforcements from the neighbouring states.

Rescue efforts had been hampered by a blocked door to the main cellblock as rival gangs battled for control of the lucrative sale of drugs and cigarettes, officials said.

"When we arrived, the door was blocked with the rubble from mattresses and wood beds the prisoners had used to seal the exit shut," Nestor Vera, chief of the firefighters in Higuey, was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.

Mr Vera added that bodies were "piled up on top of each other" inside the cellblock.

By midday, 133 bodies had been pulled out from the public jail in Higuey, about 120km (75 miles) from the capital, Santo Domingo, officials said.

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The prison was notorious for being overcrowded and it is the second incident involving prison riots with 28 inmates killed by a similiar fire in the city of La Vega in 2002.

Prisons in neighboring countries have also suffered prison riots due to the same over crowding and poor conditions for prisoners.

It seems the prisoners sealed themselves in therefore hampering rescue efforts.

28 Inmates Die in Prison Fire - 2002

[edit on 8-3-2005 by Mayet]

posted on Mar, 8 2005 @ 10:12 AM
I lived in the Dominican Republic for a year, couldn't wait to leave. Our prison syste is overcrowded but with the poverty they endure I know the prison system must be something worth rioting over, but they should have had a better plan.

posted on Mar, 8 2005 @ 12:53 PM
once again the point is missed. Did the fire get started by the body heat of too many packed in prisoners? Did the fire rage out of control because firefighters couldn't get to the blaze because the incarcerated were packed like cattle?

No..they were rival gangs! fighting ! over control of contrababnd and drugs!

Overcrowding didn't case this. A culture that accepts and creates gangs is the fault. People who kill over sale of drugs are at fault. Instead of imprisoning and constantly making excuses for these violent, dangerous people, eliminate them. Justice is not served by caging and supporting them, until their own violence and inability to act human destroys them.

Prisons are not overcrowded just because of nonviolent arrests. How many convicted murderers are supported for decades and for life? How many serial rapists? These are people who chose to give up their right to human compassion when they chose not to give that same compassion to another human being, and made that choice out of simple selfishness or greed. They wanted something, and took it, in the most personal way possible.

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